by Francisco Shibler
Towards the end of April 2012, a small group of eight students from St. Louis De Montfort Academy, myself included, made a pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador, South America.
The main purpose of the trip was to help the Conceptionist Carmelite Convent move the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success. It was a trip filled with many blessings, even though there were a few small mishaps.
During our stay, we participated in many different activities. One event, for instance, was climbing an inactive volcano, Mount Pichincha, which took us several hours, but we all enjoyed sliding back down on the sand and ash. On returning from the hike, the nuns made a delightful snack for the tired and hungry Americans.
Another highlight for us was the visit to the beautiful shrine of Our Lady of Las Lajas, which was quite a distance outside of Quito. One cannot fathom, without seeing for himself, the beauty of the little chapel nestled on the side of a cliff. Upon returning to Quito, there were only a few more days until returning to the U.S., and these days were mostly dedicated to visiting the abundant amount of churches throughout Quito.
Alas, all good things must come to an end, but all who helped move the statue could feel secure that it had been a trip full of Our Lady's blessings, and all hoped that they may one day return for another visit to Our Lady of Good Success.
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